When nano met bio

When nano met bio

When nano met bio

event Sunday, September 29, 2024 schedule 10.00am - 11.00am BST
event Sunday, September 29, 2024 schedule 10.00am - 11.00am BST
  • Cancer cell, malignant tumor cell, 3D illustration
Hybrids of nanostructures and biological components in design of functional materials.
In-person | Free
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Alumni and guests
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Nanotechnology has been around for a while, but has it been useful for anything? Dr Ljiljana Fruk will discuss what nanotechnology actually means and how is it interfacing with biology to give us materials useful for treatment of diseases, development of artificial tissues, and diagnostics, but also how is it transforming the field of renewable energy and sustainable manufacturing.

How can a nanomaterial be made in the kitchen? Why is nanogold so different from your ordinary gold bar? And why would you feed bacteria with it? All of this and much more will be discussed and backed up by images, samples and maybe even a demo. Do not worry if you still remember your scary chemistry teacher and simply think: this is not for me, too much chemistry...nano is not all about chemistry. And if butterfly can do it, you can do it too.

Talk will be followed by questions and (possibly) answers, and a little tour of the Curiosity Cabinet of the Museum of Science in the year 2124.


Dr Ljiljana Fruk

Ljlijana Fruk

Ljlijana is a associate professor of bionano engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. She studied chemistry in Zagreb, and completed PhD in biospectroscopy at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Before joining Cambridge, she spent 12 years in Germany, first as a postdoc inartificial enzyme design at University of Dortmund and then as a research group leader at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Her group is interested in bioinspired nanomaterials all the way from making them to finding a proper application. In recent years, she was been working a lot with aged cells and solidtumours.

Ljiljana is also a known populariser of science with recent contributions to Sooth dance performance of brain chemistry by Infusion Dance Theatre, and ExoEvolution exhibition in ZKM, Karlsruhe. She is also a co-author of Molecuar Aesthetics (MIT Press), and the frist textbook on bionanotechnoloyg (Bionanotechnology: From Concept to Application, CUP).

Reading list

Bionanotechnology: Concepts and Applications

Connecting theory with real-life applications, this is the first ever textbook to equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of all the key concepts inbionanotechnology. By bridging the interdisciplinary gap from which bionanotechnology emerged, it provides a systematic introduction to the subject,accessible to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Topics range from nanomaterial preparation, properties and biofunctionalisation, and analyticalmethods used in bionanotechnology, to bioinspired and DNA nanotechnology, and applications in biosensing, medicine and tissue engineering

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